On January 20, 2017, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. Trump has never been quite clear about his stance on the subject of marijuana.
In the last election, 28 states passed laws legalizing marijuana one way or another. Since over half of the country has decided to permit the use of weed, many have been wondering “What does Trump mean for the future of marijuana?” And I’m sorry to say folks, but it doesn’t look very good.
“[We are] not optimistic about marijuana policy reform in this administration,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML for short.
“[Trump’s] cabinet is a virtual murderers’ row of bureaucrats and politicians that have a long and consistent history of opposing any serious marijuana policy reform, and Jeff Sessions has historically been one of the most outspoken and vehement marijuana prohibitionists.” Said Armentano
The main reason the future looks bleak is President Trumps nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of Attorney General. Trump’s position on marijuana may not be clear, but Sessions has been quite clear since day one.
At Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, he had some things to say about marijuana and its legalization.
This is the man who made a joke that he thought the K.K.K. “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” Though just a joke, it sort of tells you what kind of man he is.
“We have a huge increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits.” Jeff Sessions stated during his confirmation hearing. This is just one of his many “alternative facts” that he stated at the hearing. At the end of his hateful speech, he topped it off with one more alternative fact, and possibly the worst of them all. “This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it’s not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
So apparently, over half of the country consists of not very good people.
All this coming from a senator with a history of making extremely racist, sexist and homophobic statements. Senator Jeff Sessions is probably the my-opinion-first type of guy and would pretend to be deaf than to hear factual evidence.
As Attorney General, Sessions would have the power to roll back all marijuana policy changes that have been made so far, which is a scary power to give a man who could act irrationally and based on emotion.